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Research Data Analyst


The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago is looking for a talented Videographer for a new video project about youth and HIV. If you are a young or aspiring filmmaker who wants to make a difference in the community and are looking to build your portfolio, we would like to hear from you.

Program Description:  The mission of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity. Directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski, the IMPACT Program has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions.  Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and it is a resident partner with Center on Halsted.

The project:  The IMPACT Program is creating a series of short videos that will be shown on our website ( and social media sites like our YouTube channel. The videos will be aimed at providing young, LGBT individuals with information about living positively with HIV – staying healthy, going to medical care, having fulfilling relationships.

With production input from the Program Manager, the Videographer will lead the filming and directing of the scripted and semi-scripted videos. They will assist the manager working with the participants and actors, scout locations, schedule film shoots, liaise with other members of the production team, and assist with other video tasks as needed. The position will begin in September, and filming will occur this fall in different areas of Chicago. The videographer should be comfortable working with a small team in a grassroots, non-profit environment, but does not need to have prior knowledge of HIV. A stipend of $3000 will be provided upon completion of the project.

Proficiency at using HDSLR cameras for film shooting; Willingness to lead direct film shoots; Knowledge of lighting and audio equipment; Ability to work independently and as a team, follow through with tasks, and meet deadlines; Excellent communication skills; Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues and with the LGBT community.

One HDSLR camera, sound box, and teleprompter will be provided, but access to additional equipment is preferred. Must have reliable transportation.

To apply, please email Julia Dudek, Program Manager, at with a resume, cover letter, and links to your reel or previous work.

Research Data Analyst

Job Summary:
The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting.  This role establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. This position performs data analysis using statistical techniques. This role researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. This individual assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.

This position will be responsible for a wide variety of data management and analytic activities that support the ongoing functions of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC CFAR). The TC CFAR is a collaborative project among Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Center on Halsted, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services that supports high quality HIV research spanning multiple disciplines. Other community organizations may also become involved. This position is based out of the Department of Medical Social Sciences in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine; however, the analyst will spend time working, as needed, at collaborating organizations. This specialist will work closely with collaborating institutions, investigators, study coordinators, database programmers and statisticians to implement appropriate data management strategies for a wide range of studies. In collaboration with partners, the analyst will contribute to developing/implementing security and confidentiality guidelines for data sharing agreements that will allow data sharing in accordance with HIPAA, state laws and institutional policies.

Please note: This position will primarily be located on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus; however, it will require some travel to and from collaborating institutions/organizations around the city.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop and monitor standard operating procedures to ensure high quality data.
  • Develop data specifications and data dictionaries.
  • Assist with design of data collection forms.
  • Conducts data quality assurance activities and generates reports.
  • Manage data associated with research participant registries.
  • Perform data extraction from electronic medical records systems.
  • Develop and implement procedures for improving the accessibility and usability of existing data from different, independent organizations.
  • Collaborates with investigators and other project members to ensure accuracy of data.
  • Perform data storage and de-identification procedures in accordance with institutional and national policies and ensure maintenance of confidentiality and privacy.
  • Generates reports to document status of datasets.
  • Compile data and generate reports in collaboration with statisticians or data analyst.
  • Establish and maintain analytical datasets.
  • Perform basic statistical analysis.

Strategic Planning

  • Partners with clients to define requirements based on business objectives.


  • Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Discuss findings with senior management.


  • Develop queries and quality metrics.
  • Interprets results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex statistical analysis.
  • Manages complex databases.


  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
  • Presents findings in an appropriate manner.


  • Provides work direction and/or supervises staff such as team members, subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years data analysis/report writing or similar experience required.
  • Familiar with SAS programming language
  • Analytical experience in database design/data structure, decision making, judgment, problem solving, and troubleshooting.
  • Project experience in collaboration and teamwork, organizational skills, and planning

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Demonstrated proficiency in SAS, R, and/or SPSS for data management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Demonstrated proficiency reading and writing data files in multiple formats.
  • Working knowledge of Windows operating systems.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability and willingness to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with management, co-workers and external collaborators

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a public health, statistics, or computer science-related field and 5 years of database experience or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
  • Demonstrated experience working with electronic medical records.
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for medical/biomedical research.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Proficiency in SAS for data management.
  • Expertise in writing and implementing SAS programs and macros.
  • Ability to write SQL code/queries.
  • Familiarity with source data systems (EMRs or other HIT systems used by participating sites).
  • Understanding of common ambulatory and/or hospital-based EMR data schemes.
  • Working knowledge of ICD-9/10, CPT and LOINC codes

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 26168. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities.

IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.


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